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Consolidating agricultural productivity through efficient innovation platforms

 

Ghana has developed over 30 agricultural technologies since the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) was initiated in 2007. WAAPP’s development objective is to generate and disseminate improved technologies in the country’s top priority commodities in root and tuber crops, specifically, cassava, yam, sweet potato and cocoyam. WAAPP Ghana has the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as its implementing agency. Under the implementation of the first phase of the Programme, researchers at the CSIR-Crops Research Institute in Kumasi – the designated National Centre of Specialization – have developed diverse crop varieties and agricultural technologies. However, the rate of transfer and adaptation of these technologies remains low along the agricultural value chain, observed Augustine Danquah of WAAPP’s Coordination Unit at the Ministry of Food and Agriculture. This is because the project did not develop a comprehensive action plan to scale up technologies and best practices during the implementation of the first phase. Director of CSIR-CRI, Dr. Stella Ennin, has acknowledged there have been gaps in previous participatory approaches to research. She says the previous approach placed emphasis on farmers and extension whilst others in the value chain were placed in the background. Adopting the innovation platform and Integrated Agricultural Research for Development (IR4D) approaches, according to Dr. Ennin, is critical in engaging all key players long the agricultural value chain, including processes, traders and marketers. “Usually we are able to move forward when there are projects in agriculture; what happens in the absence of projects?” she quizzed. “We should be able to incorporate this concept of innovation platforms and IR4D into our agricultural and extension system, so that whether there is a project or not, we’ll be able to move our agriculture forward”. Innovative platforms give room for interest groups to discuss issues around a particular commodity or cropping system, especially with the view to adopting improved technologies. Under the second phase of WAAPP, the platforms are being promoted to consolidate the gains by disseminating the develop technologies for widespread adoption. WAAPP is collaborating with the International Centre for development oriented Research in Agriculture (ICRA) to build capacity of innovative platform facilitators in 15 districts in the country on soft skills to deepen the approach at the local level. ICRA’s Benjamin Horlali Kofi Atidjah says technical skills must be complemented with soft skills to accelerate the adoption of agricultural technologies. The second phase of WAAPP will be implemented from 2012-2017 with an amount of $60million to scale-up the generation, dissemination and adoption of improved technologies in the participating countries’ priority agricultural commodity areas. “What we need to do right now is to move the innovation platforms beyond the community level; we should be able to establish innovation platform at the regional level and the national level for certain commodities… to improve on our food security and also on our exports,” said Dr. Stella Ennin. The two-phase 10-year programme is funded by the World Bank and involves three countries – Ghana, Mali and Senegal.

WAAPP supports the construction of 260 Greenhouses in Ghana: Over $2m released for optimum growth and productivity of vegetables

Vegetable growing in greenhouse in Ghana

 

The World Bank has released over $2m to the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Programme (WAAPP) under the coordination of the West and Central African Council for agricultural research and development (CORF/WECARD) to support a Greenhouse Project for the cultivation of vegetables in Ghana. This funding will allow the construction of at least 260 greenhouses to grow vegetables such as tomato, cucumber and sweet pepper under fully controlled environmental conditions for optimum growth and productivity.

WAAPP Ghana is then promoting the greenhouse technology as a means of increasing yields and incomes of vegetable farmers across the country.

In 2015 WAAPP has allowed the construction of 160 greenhouses nationwide to promote peri-urban vegetable farming in Ghana. The programme had also supported the National Extension Directorate and the Ghana Irrigation Development Authority to establish 10 other greenhouses for demonstration purposes.

According to the National Coordinator of WAAPP Ghana, Mrs Azara Al-Mamshie, the introduction of this technology would also open fresh window of opportunity to build the capacity of at least 300 regional development officers and 10 supervisors from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture in greenhouse management. “The intervention is expected to generate direct jobs for at least 1,000 vegetable farmers and 5,000 indirect beneficiaries along the commodity value chain,” she said.

The second phase of the WAAPP project was expected to benefit 700,000 individuals along the value chain at the end of the project’s cycle of which 40 per cent should be women.

TRAINING OF FERTILIZER, SEED AND PESTICIDE INSPECTORS

A refresher training workshop for Seed and Fertilizer Inspectors on monitoring and certification of seeds and fertilizers has been held for 50 officers at the Brong-Ahafo Region of Ghana. This was done in accordance with the provisions ofthePlants and Fertilizer Act, 2010 (Act 803). The officers included 3 females and 47males, assembled from all the Ten Regions of Ghana. The training, which focused on the registration, certification and monitoring of seeds, fertilizers and pesticides was held from 11th -13th May, 2015.


Deputy Director of PPRSD taking the participants
through some of the protocols for inspecting Fertilizers

A participant from the Greater Accra Region, Leonard Dumutonu making a point during the training

A participant from the Upper East Region, Mohammed Sibaweh contributing to a discussion during the training

SENSITIZATION OF WAAPP PMC ON ACT 803

A one-day sensitization workshop to create awareness on the Plants and Fertilizer Act, 2010(Act 803) and its Regulations has been carried out for the WAAPP Project Management Committee Members. The sensitization workshop was held at the Maple Leaf Hotel, Achimota, Accra.The objective of the workshop was to sensitize officers of the various implementing agencies under the West African Agricultural Productivity Programme on the provisions of Act 803. There was a very healthy interaction after each presentation especially on how the various agencies could assist

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Post-Registration Surveillance

POST-REGISTRATION SURVEILLANCE OF PESTICIDE AND FERTILIZER DEALERS
The WAAPP has supported the Pesticide and Fertilizer Regulatory Division of the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD) – MoFA to carry out monitoring of agrochemical dealer shops. Surveillance in the ten (10) regions of Ghana have been greatly intensified due to the support from the Programme. The surveillance activities are essentially to ensure compliance to the Plants and Fertilizer Act,

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Multi-Stakeholder Sensitization

MULTI-STAKEHOLDER SENSITIZATION ON THE PLANTS AND FERTILIZER ACT, 2010 (ACT 803)
Under the auspices of WAAPP –Ghana, officers from MoFA-PPRSD have been sponsored  to sensitizevarious stakeholders on the provisions of the Plants and Fertilizer Act, 2010 (Act 803). One hundred (100) participants -(85males and 15females), made up of farmers, retailers,

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MONITORING OF WAAPP MULTIPLICATION FIELDS

The Ghana Seed Inspection Division (GSID) of the Plant Protection and Regulatory Services Directorate (PPRSD)-MoFA has been visiting the WAAPP multiplication sites for seed/planting material inspection and certification. These activities are to ensure that the planting materials are free of pest and diseases and that the sites on which they are grown also meet the required standards. A number of fields have been visited/monitoredin the course of the year.

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WAAPP Makes Progress in Vaccine Production

With financial support from WAAPP, the Veterinary Services Directorate (VSD) of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture has produced a total of 34 million doses of high quality NDI-2 vaccine for the control of Newcastle disease in poultry in Ghana as well as in other African countries. So far, 22,863,000 doses of the vaccine have been distributed for internal use in all regions of the country whilst the Niger Republic and The Gambia received 3,840,000 and 700,000 doses respectively. 

Statistics available to the Project Coordination Unit (PCU) of the project, indicate that a total of 5,748,805 birds of various village poultry species have been vaccinated with the vaccine representing 30 per cent coverage of the total 19 million birds in the country.

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WAAPP Ghana Tours Burkina Faso

A seven-member team from WAAPP Ghana undertook a study tour of Burkina Faso to identify technologies that could be adopted in Ghana.  Specific objectives of the tour were to identify tomato varieties that tolerate hot conditions and good for dry season cultivation especially in the southern parts of Ghana.

Also, the team was tasked to study the mango drying technology as well as fruit fly management in mango production.  The team also took the opportunity to visit an Innovation Platform (IP) to learn about the management and facilitation of functional innovation platforms.To achieve the task assigned to the team, visits were made to the Food Research Institute (IRSAT), Technology Transfer Centres, Food Processing Centres and farming communities.

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WAAPP Farmer Wins Award

A cassava planting material multiplication farmers at Lume-Avete in the Akatsi South District of the Volta Region, Mr. Cyril Anane, won the District Best Farmer award for the district in the 2014 edition of National Farmers’ Day observe last December.Mr. Anane is being supported by WAAPP to multiply 18 acres of planting material (12 acres Sika Bankye and 6 acres Ampong).Currently, the material will be ready for coppicing in May/June 2015 and Mr. Anane intends to serve his fellow farmers in his locality and also expand his own fields.

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Useful Information

The WAAPP Coordination Unit in Ghana is the Projects Division of the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) whilst the implementing agency is the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The structures put in place to govern and manage the WAAPP in Ghana are the National Steering Committee as well as the NCOS Management Committee and the Competitive Agricultural Research Grant Scheme (CARGS) Board as the Implementing agency.